How to find 24 hour nursing care for a parent?
October 16, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
My father has recently moved to an assisted living residence, but we think he may need more constant care. Is 24 hour nursing or live-in caregivers affordable? How do you find the right person/service? This is in Toronto, Ontario.
posted by dripdripdrop to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
My father is over 70 and has been hospitalized 3 times in the past 12 months for infections. He has Chrohn's disease, is on TPN (gets all nutrition via IV) nightly, has short bowel syndrome, an ostomy, diabetes and severe chronic pain.
After the latest hospitalization, we convinced him to move into a retirement home with 24 hour nursing care. They are great at the home, but he's also recently had severe anxiety and other similar issues. He keeps asking us to stay with him at the home, so a short visit can turn into a day long visit.
His daily medical needs are pretty complex. He's also really weak, so things like personal care and basic chores aren't being taken care. The home is handling these things fairly well, but a lot of it still falls on myself and my wife.
We want to look at the option of having 24 hour (or even 12-14 hour overnight) one-on-one care for him, but we have no clue where to start. Luckily, he is in a good place financially.
The most recent problems began as my wife and I were supposed to move to Toronto. We've delayed that as we work to sell off his house and get everything in order and then we will move him to an assisted living facility Toronto. We've been thinking that it may be better to have 1 or 2 permanent caregivers that take care of him in his own apartment.
So, I'm wondering how we go about finding this care. Are there services that provide this?
Do you hire a nurse privately? Obviously one nurse can't provide 24 hour care.
What's the approximate cost of theses sorts of things?
Any other tips or experiences appreciated.